Ni Made Eau Marthini, Indonesia’s Deputy Minister for Marketing Tourism and Creative Economy, hinted at the impending establishment of direct flights between Pakistan and the Southeast Asian country in a special interview during the inauguration of the Bali Beyond Travel Fair.
The deputy minister expressed hopes that direct air connectivity between the two countries would begin in the near future. She also stated her intention to work with her Pakistani counterpart to facilitate this critical breakthrough.
According to reports, the first flights could take place as early as December.
The deputy minister emphasized the necessity of developing investment and trade opportunities between the two countries, as well as the need to strengthen their economic ties. Marthini, reflecting on Pakistan and Indonesia’s historical relationship, stressed the continuing strength of their friendship, which extends back to their respective independence.
During the interview, the deputy minister emphasised that, while trade occurs between the two countries, there is an urgent need to increase its amount. She declared a desire to increase bilateral trade with Pakistan, claiming that tourism had enormous potential to help her achieve this goal. The deputy minister believes that by increasing visits from Pakistan to Indonesia and vice versa, their bilateral relations will be greatly strengthened.
Marthini moved on to emphasize the value of tourism and the need of creating people-to-people connections. She promised that concerted efforts are underway and positive results may be expected in the near future, highlighting the objective of constructing a bridge between the two nations.
She went on to discuss Indonesia’s appeal as a tourist destination for Pakistani travelers, highlighting the country’s top rating in halal tourism and remarkable culinary similarities to Pakistan. She also cited Lombok, a compelling seaside resort recently named the #1 choice for halal tourism by the Global Muslim Travel Index, which gives an excellent chance for Pakistani tourists following Bali.
The deputy minister welcomed Pakistani investors and stated her willingness to accept investment from Pakistan. She encouraged Pakistani companies to explore various investment opportunities, noting the enormous potential in the tourist industry in particular.
In a pleasant admission, the minister shared her personal passion for Pakistani cuisine, admitting to being a die-hard fan of its delectable flavors. She lauded Pakistani cuisine for its tempting taste after sampling it at the invitation of the Pakistani ambassador in Indonesia.